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    Striving for a perfect shave. GeauxLSU's Avatar
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    Hi everyone. I decided to start using a straight razor after seeing just the yearly cost of blades or disposables. Luckily, I have a straight razor, marked "BLACK DIAMOND" and G.H. PUMACKER (over) SOLINGEN, GERMANY. The blade is 5/8 and the spine appears to be rust blued (hence the "Black Diamond" name, probably) and the scales appear to be pale yellow bakelite. Before trying to make a sow's ear into a silk purse, does anyone know if this is a good (decent) razor? Thanks in advance.

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    Welcome to SRP. Yes it is a good brand. If there is no damage to the blade or scales (handles) it could be a great shaver. Chances are it may need to be honed to get up to snuff. You're best off sending it out to a known honemiester (expert) to get it shave ready.

    The SRP Wiki here has many tutorials on shaving, honing, preparation for the shave and all things straight razor shave related including videos demonstrating the above. Check it out and ask all the questions you want.
    Be careful how you treat people on your way up, you may meet them again on your way back down.

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    Striving for a perfect shave. GeauxLSU's Avatar
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    Thanks for the reply, Jimmy. That takes a load off of my mind. I gave a quick read to the Wiki section last night, but will go back and repeat today. I'm certain it will need a professional honing, that's the next step.

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    Great advice from Jimmy already !!!!

    So I just wanna say Welcome to SRP hope you enjoy the ride on the straight train...

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    When you do finally get started this thread gives a good method of dipping your foot in the water rather then diving in. It is the way I did it and it worked well to ease me into shaving with a straight.
    Be careful how you treat people on your way up, you may meet them again on your way back down.

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    Thanks, Glen. I checked out your site. Very nice!

    Good advise again, Jimmy. Thanks!
    I strop my razor with my eyes closed.

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